Forty-two Brighton fans saw a superb EFL Trophy comeback and penalty shoot-out win at League One pacesetters Peterborough on Tuesday. The Seagulls’ under-21 side remain on course to reach the knockout rounds of the competition after Posh squandered a 2-0 lead at the ABAX Stadium.
Albion were unlucky to be behind to Matt Godden’s goal at half-time as Viktor Gyokeres was twice denied by good saves from Aaron Chapman and James Tilley also went close.
Callum Cooke hit the woodwork straight after the break for Posh, who looked home and dry when Jason Cummings chipped in a beauty on 52 minutes.
But Aaron Connolly reduced the deficit by cutting inside and finishing superbly into the far corner of the net on 71 minutes.
George Cox then provided a searching cross from which Jordan Davies headed home the equaliser at the far post eight minutes later.
The Seagulls could even have won it without going to penalties when Leo Ostigard hit the bar from a corner in added time.
Billy Collings denied Godden to kick-off the shoot out and it was perfection all the way from then on with Jordan Davies, Gyokeres, Mathias Normann, Ben White and Connolly all on target from the spot.
Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said: “You just have to hang in there and get a moment of quality – it’s a great goal from Aaron Connolly that gets us back in the game. The players deserve credit for the way they managed the game at 2-0.”